Ky. transportation officials remind drivers of work zone safety

COVINGTON, KY (FOX19) - The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is promoting a work zone safety campaign in conjunction with National Work Zone Safety Week.

KTC officials say that nationally, someone is killed every 13 hours and injured every 13 minutes as a result of an accident in a highway work zone. Last year in Kentucky, the toll was one person killed and 116 people injured.

KTC District 6 presented their safety message Monday in the middle of the "Revive the Drive" campaign, which will improve roadways across the region.

"Not too many of use work in conditions where thousands of vehicles are driving through our office or work place," said Rob Hans, Chief District Engineer for District 6. "We want to remind drivers today and throughout the year to pay attention to their surroundings and obey the restrictions when entering a work zone."

Here are the "top 10" work zone safety tips:

  1. Expect the unexpected
  2. Slow down
  3. Don't tailgate. Keep a safe distance between you and the car ahead of you
  4. Keep a safe distance between your vehicle and the construction workers and equipment
  5. Pay attention to the signs
  6. Obey road crew flaggers
  7. Stay alert and minimize distractions, including cell phones
  8. Keep up with the traffic flow
  9. Schedule enough time and call 511 or go to for Kentucky traffic and travel information
  10. Be patient and stay calm

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